Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wild Garden Scene

Hi everyone! During July the challenge theme at Craft a Scene is Gardens. Have a look at the site to see the details and the fabulous DT work. I really enjoyed this theme, especially since I don’t think I have stamped any garden scenes before. I normally do more wild nature types of scenes.

My garden scene features the type of garden that is my favourite – a wild garden, where everything grows sort of where it wants to, no landscaping in site. A little boy is walking carrying his dog through the garden up the cottage on a hill. I added some birch trees (love birch trees), a rough stone wall and a jagged wooden fence.

My grandmother had white and pink flowers growing in her lawn when I was a child. They were seen as weeds, but I loved them and didn’t understand why she wanted them gone. I wanted those flowers in the grass of my stamped garden. To create the flowers, I used two great little flower stamps in one of my Stampscapes sets (Nature Sheet 4), stamped them repeatedly with Versamark and white embossed. This created great texture in the scene and since they were embossed, they resisted all the inking.

The scene is done on glossy cardstock (half page) and coloured with dye inks using a Colorbox Stylus tool and craft nibs – I recently did a tutorial for this technique of colouring, you can find it here. The birch tree and the boy were stamped first with Archival Jet Black and masked. The rest of the stamping was done with Jet Black and Olive ink. I used the Sedge Filler stamp to create a lot of the grass. The scene was coloured using the inks listed in the supply list, starting with the lightest shades and gradually building up colour.

Highlights and more flowers were added with a white gel pen, and even more flowers with yellow, pink and purple gel pens. I also stamped the flower textures stamps with yellow pigment ink. Three paper roses finished the garden.

Here's a close-up of the wild flowers:

Thank you for looking! I hope you will play along with us!


Stamps: Stampscapes: Ducks in Formation 027A, Rocks and Leaves 206E, Sedge Filler 251C, Pebbles 256A, Nature Sheet 4; Sutter: First Puppy, Log House, Country Fence, Mirrored Country Fence, Right Birch, Cottonwood, Pump small; Beeswax: Right Fence, Left Fence, Stone Path; Darkroom Door: Essentials 4, Essentials 5.

Ink etc: Adirondack: Willow, Aqua, Pesto, Stonewashed, Denim, Slate, Espresso; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo: Jenni Bowlin: Weather Wane, Chewing Gum; Memento: Bamboo Leaves; Ranger Archival Jet Black and Olive; Colorbox Frost White and yellow; Ranger Seafoam White embossing powder; Kromekote glossy cardstock; paper roses; gel pens.


  1. Oh Anna Karin, I love your garden with the birches and pretty flowers!!! A very lovely imagine in deed!

  2. Oh Anna Karin, this is the garden of my childhood!!! Thank YOU!

  3. You always amaze me with your scenes...seriously amazing!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Love how you created such detail in your grass and the little boy with his puppy is so cute :)

  5. Your scene is amazing! I love your garden and need to study how you did it by your descriptions. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  6. A wild or natural garden is also what I like best Anna Karin and you lovely card has captured that feel perfectly.

    Thanks for your visit.

    B x

  7. Fantastic card Anna-Karen!


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